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Video: How to health check the anatomy of your legal matters

By Rob MacAdam With clients expecting more efficiency, transparency and value from their lawyers, it’s time for law firms to re-engineer their legal service delivery into real competitive advantage. In this video, Rob MacAdam, Director of Legal Solutions, identifies six elements that make up the anatomy of a legal matter, and discusses what improvements can be […]

Updates on proportionality of costs in court proceedings

By Gwendoline Davies, Claire Acklam Anyone involved in the conduct of litigation will be aware that the ‘overriding objective’, at rule 1.1 (1) of the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR), requires cases to be dealt with “justly and at proportionate cost”. Unfortunately, the question of what is proportionate continues to cause confusion and dispute.  In this latest […]

Women on Boards – As they progress, businesses thrive

By Susana Almeida Lopes Women represent 50% of the working population and are as much or more educated and qualified as men are. However, the problem of gender diversity (or lack of it), especially in top positions in organisations, is a persistent societal problem, and there are (many) studies that, if concrete measures are not taken, […]

Franchise resales – should franchisors be involved?

By Emma Lusty It is a common misconception that a franchise network with a high level of resales is a bad sign. In fact, a healthy resale market is a good sign. It means that franchisees are able to build up profitable businesses which can be sold to recover a return on their initial investment and […]

New EU directive – How will it affect family-related leave in Hungary?

By Daniel Gera, Dorottya Gindl Gender equality may be a core EU principle, but it will not become a reality without effective legal action. To meet the EU objective of reaching a 75% employment rate for both men and women by 2020, the European Commission aims to change the existing legal framework. Thus, the European […]

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South-east firms win council contract

South-east law firms Thomas Eggar Church Adams and Cripps Harries Hall have beaten off rivals to advise Brighton & Hove Council on commercial property work. The council has a commercial property portfolio which brings in £8m per year in rent and has over 10,000 acres of farmland. It says the volume of work has increased […]

Scuffle of the week

George Carman QC (left) v Neil Hamilton (right). The former Tory minister was well and truly tied in knots by the celebrated libel lawyer representing Mohamed Al Fayed. During Carman’s cross examination, Hamilton was forced to admit that he was never likely to have been a front-bench spokesman, effectively dropping one of his claims for […]

Rakisons senior partner stung for libel damages

The libel action was brought by David Pooley against Wollenberg and City Index Ltd over allegations made by Wollenberg in 1993 when he and Pooley both worked at the index futures dealing company. Wollenberg – City Index’s Chairman at the time – told Mishcon de Reya lawyer, Simon Gallant that Pooley – City Index’s former […]

Wilde Sapte's Hong Kong practice faces collapse

Wilde Sapte’s Hong Kong office is collapsing following the departure of two partners and the bulk of its fee-earners. US firm Brown & Wood has poached the head of Wilde Sapte’s international banking and finance practice Balbir Bindra along with three associates and one consultant. Equity partner Bindra, who established the banking and finance group […]

Talk of focus is just tunnel vision

Focus. For those of us of a certain age this may well bring back memories of a certain Dutch rock band from the early 1970s. However, in more recent years it is a word applied to law firms in enough articles and consultants reports to make a significant dent in the Amazonian rainforests. To survive, […]

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